Forecasters are describing the current big chill as a “once in a decade” occurrence with sub-zero temperatures and further whiteouts expected to affect Britain for the rest of the week.
Weather Channel forecaster Leon Brown said: “A two-week period such as this, with sub-zero nights and days close to freezing, is a one in ten-year occurrence.”
The Met Office have issued a number of Orange ‘be prepared’ warnings for snow across Yorkshire, North East England, North West England and Scotland. As much as 7 inches of snow is expected on high grounds in the North East England and Scotland this week.
East England, South West, South East, London and Wales have been issued with yellow ‘be aware’ warnings for ice with motorists being urged to take care as snow turns to ice.
Temperatures are predicted to dip lower than Vladivostock in Siberia in some areas of the UK by midweek. Lows of -20C could be experienced in the Midlands, mid-Wales and Scottish Highlands.
Sally Webb a forecaster with the Press Association’s weather division, MeteoGroup, said “It will be cold until the weekend, and then a little milder, and the risk of snow will decrease”.
Widespread snow and ice is however expected to remain underfoot well into next week.